Kevin William Thieme left this world far too soon on August 29, 2023, leaving behind a void in the hearts of everyone that knew and loved him. He was born on July 15, 1956, in Fort Atkinson, WI, to parents Delbert and Nancy. Growing up and facing life’s challenges with his big sister Gail (Ferguson) by his side shaped him into the man he became. Kevin learned at a young age that any situation could be made better with laughter, and he carried the mindset throughout his life. He was the definition of resiliency, turning every bad hand of cards he was dealt into a hilarious triumphant story.
Kevin married Linda (King) Thieme on May 25, 1985, in Jefferson, WI. They had two children, Elliot and Jillian (Miller). Kevin’s kids were the pride and joy of his life. He instilled in his kids a sense of adventure, humor, unconditional love, and the gift to not take oneself too seriously. Most recently Kevin was beaming with pride when he became a grandparent (self-titled PawPaw) after Elliot and his wife Shannon welcomed their first child, Scarlett, in April of 2023.
Family and friends were his entire world. After moving to Fargo/Moorhead in 2006, Kevin grew close with his sister Gail and her husband Jerry. Their children, Benjamin (Kelly), William (Katie), and Peter grew as close to Kevin as his own children. Kevin worked a career of service, being drawn to helping those who faced similar adversities as himself. In his retirement, he loved spending his time golfing, fishing, cooking, rescuing cats from trees, and yelling at the neighborhood turkeys.
Kevin had the unique ability to bring light into every room he walked into and put a smile on the face of anyone who was lucky enough to know him. He touched the lives of countless people for the better, even if he was too humble to accept praise. He will be remembered for his wonderfully kind heart, his sense of humor, his wide array of voices and impressions, his unique Halloween costumes, and his love for his family and friends.
We can only strive to live a life like Kevin’s. Learn to laugh at yourself, be nice to strangers, enjoy the little things, and most importantly, tell people you love them as often as you can. Tomorrow is never guaranteed. Rest in peace Kevin. We will love and miss you forever.
Kevin was preceded in death by his grandparents, William and Erna Glitzky, and Alvin and Evelyn Thieme; and his parents, Nancy Carlson, and Delbert Thieme.
He leaves behind his children, Elliot (Shannon) and Jillian; his granddaughter, Scarlett; his sisters, Gail (Jerry) and Debbie (Jack) Seifert; his nephews, Ben, Willy, Peter, and Kyle; and countless extended family members and friends he thought of as family.
A private memorial service will be held for the family. A celebration of Kevin’s life will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Enrichment Operation, a local non-profit dedicated to serving Moorhead’s youth population.